You see that guy up there? The scary-looking Tauren in the picture? I have discovered that he’s the only reason I’m still playing World of Warcraft.
You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately. Yeah, about that. Honestly I have no excuse except for one. It’s not that I’ve been busy at work (because I have but that’s not the excuse). It’s not that I haven’t had time, because one of the perks of being a shift worker is that you end up getting a fair number of days off. And while I do have plenty going on during that downtime, I like to squeeze in a few hours of WoW time and get my geek on, as they say.
I tweeted this about four days ago, because gaming angst is what Twitter was built for. That, and porn bots.
Staring at the character selection screen and thinking to myself “What the Hell am I supposed to be doing?”
That gem got one Favorite. Thanks @Sophaera!
But that happened. I had just returned from running errands and sat down in front of my computer. I logged into WoW, got to the character selection screen, and stopped. NOTHING was motivating me to take the next step. Not even the things I wrote about in my previous post! Stables, mounts, pet battles, PVP, none of it made me want to click that button.
Obviously this affected the blog. Most of what I post here are things I hope people find helpful, or at least somewhat informative/entertaining. But the main reason I post is because the content I’m discussing is content I’m currently engaged in. When I’m into gold making, I post gold making videos. When I find cool nuggets of info, it goes into a post. The lack of posts is a reflection of my gaming experience. Literally the only reason I have anything at all to post is because my Tauren DK looked cool and I wanted to know how badass a Blood DK would be to level. Turns out, they’re pretty badass.
I was trying to go to sleep this morning (night shift starts tonight), but between the dog barking and a quasi-dream about someone breaking into the house and smashing my head in while I slept, sleep wasn’t gonna happen. I then made the mistake of going on Twitter and read about people bitching about the Timewalker Dungeons on the PTR. Down the rabbit hole I went, reading a few patch 6.2 notes.
That’s when it hit me. Maybe this game wasn’t for me anymore.
FUCKING PEPE DISGUISES! ARE YOU SERIOUS! PATCH 6.2 – LET’S DRESS UP A VANITY BIRD!
Okay, I know that there are things in the game that aren’t for everyone. I know this, and embrace it gladly. World of Warcraft has something for pretty much everyone. Lately I’ve been struggling to find that thing for me.
– Raiding: right now, too much homework involved unless I found a very forgiving team.
– Dungeons: I said this on Twitter, and I’ll say it here – I don’t care how cool you make a dungeon, or what drops in it, or even if it gives you a five dollar coupon for pizza. If I have to sit around with my thumb up my ass for 20-30 minutes before I can even get in to start running the damn thing, I’m not doing it.
– PVP: I’m not pro. I’m whatever very not pro would be. But when I was running BG’s on my Warrior, things were fine if I had a healer nearby. But that doesn’t happen often, which leads to spending fifteen minutes for what, fifty honor points?
– Garrisons: Fuck this. Seriously. If you took the garrison function out of Warlords of Draenor, there’d be a few dailies to do, and raids. Servers would be filled with tumbleweeds. Pepe, that stupid bird that people seem fascinated with, comes from garrisons. Music box, followers, and selfie cams. And more mindless busy work in 6.2 when SHIPS! Followers at Sea!
Right now, leveling is my jam. I try to get as much done in the time that I have. Between a few hours last night and a couple today, my Blood Death Knight is at 99. One more level and then… what?
It’s people, I think. That’s what I need. Somehow I need to find a people that I enjoy engaging with online, in game.
That’s something I think I’ll work on when I get back from my vacation. Two nights of work, and then five days in sunny Florida. When I get back, I’m hoping my head will be in a better place.
Do you play WoW? What is keeping you playing right now?
Like pretty much everyone who plays World of Warcraft, I have a morning routine that I tend to follow. I wake up, put the coffee on, and let the dog out. While the pooch does its business, I do mine. I log into WoW and deal with the various garrison missions and daily cooldowns. Usually I have to do that for a few characters so I let the dog back in and pour myself a cup of coffee before I finish up with the delegation of garrison duties.
What happens next usually depends on my day – if I’m working, well I go to work. If I happen to have the day off, I usually have a plan to focus on one character. That means I’ll either level them up, use them to level up battle pets, run old raids or dungeons for transmog gear/pets/gold, or find something else’s face to kill.
There’s no shortage of things to do, is what I’m saying. Those things also tend to change from week to week.
My last post was about the Brawler’s Guild. My plan at the time was to run through the seven ranks and unlock the heirloom fist weapons, the title, and so on. The problem I ran into was that some classes are better at certain fights than others, and while I enjoy using my Monk there were a few fights that were elevating my blood pressure to unhealthy levels. As much as I wanted the fist weapons, I wanted to avoid giving myself a stroke even more.
For my own well-being, I turned my attention to something a little more stable – the Stables. Now I’m not what you’d call a mount collector, per se. As long as I can get from Point A to Point B at 100% movement speed, it doesn’t matter if I do it on a horned zebra or a spectral tiger. Just get me there faster than my running speed. But one day I was standing in Stormwind on a bank alt when I was eclipsed by a huge mountain of fur and ugly – the trained icehoof mount. It was big. It was different. It was something I could relate to. So the monk’s new purpose went from Brawler’s Guild to clefthoof rustling.
After running the daily stable quest for a few days, I decided to use some of my spare time to log on with a warrior that I was hoping to push to 100. While he was questing I queued him for a random battleground. Something different, you know? Sure I’d probably get smashed but it’d be a change of pace. But my warrior, well he killed some folk. And when he killed those folk, and people noticed and healers healed me, he killed more folk.
My 100 Fury Warrior soon found himself outfitted with the Gladiator’s Sanctum in his garrison. More motivation, and goals to kill. Also, people to kill. This meant that I needed to collect piles of broken bones, so off to Ashran I went.
I found out two things once I got there. First, not many people were running Ashran anymore, at least not on the Alliance side. I discovered this when I asked to be invited into a raid and was met with the sound of crickets. I started running around the zone, trying to find a group of Alliance folk that I could ask directly. I covered a whole lot of ground before I found anyone.
When I did finally find people, I made my second discovery. The second thing I found was that my computer is old. A handful of Alliance folk were standing at the top of a hill, looking down at an empty crossroad. I ran by them, hoping to gain their attention with my fearless approach to what could have been an ambush. That’s when my computer finally started rendering the huge mob of Horde players killing people left and right. By the time I could see that I’d just stuck my head and shoulders into a big red meat grinder, I was hanging with the spirit healer. This happened a few times before I finally dropped my settings to Fair. I ran out of time for the day so I couldn’t tell how much that would help with the renderings, if at all.
Fast forward to this morning. I put the coffee on and let the dog out, then started up WoW. At the character select screen, I stopped. I actually didn’t know what to do. I had time to check out some garrison missions on a couple of characters, but who was I going to focus on? What did I want to do?
The mount? It had been a few days since I did the daily to train the mount I wanted. I’d actually almost forgotten about it.
PVP? There didn’t seem to be a point in doing anything with the Gladiator Sanctum due to Ashran being an apparent lost cause. So was I gearing up a PVP character for running BG’s?
Raiding? The Ashran meat grinder incident made me question whether I would even be able to run a raid without lagging out to death. More experimentation was going to be necessary before I took that step.
Pet Battles? Really? Was I paying 15 bucks a month to play Pokemon?
In the end I just logged out, sipped my coffee, and went to work.
Sometimes the best thing to do, is nothing at all.